Transformative Justice Speaker Series with Helen Bowen & Rawiri Pene

From Restorative to Transformative:  Pursuing Justice in New Zealand

Event Date

Multi-Purpose Room Student Community Center

Join the Transformative Justice in Education Center to engage these visiting International Restorative Justice practitioners.  This unique opportunity will shed light on the indigenous roots of Restorative Justice and the role it has played in transforming the courts therapeutic communities in New Zealand.  This talk features a Rawiri Pene, Cultural Advisor to the Ministry of New Zealand, and Helen Bowen Restorative Justice Attorney in Auckland, NZ.


Helen Bowen is a New Zealand criminal barrister, youth advocate and Drug Court lawyer. In 2000 (with Jim Boyack) she was contracted by the Department for Courts to provide training for 80 community restorative justice facilitators in four courts in New Zealand. Since then she has provided RJ training services nationally and internationally including working with the Thames Valley
Police in London and community groups in Northern Ireland. She is on the international global advisory committee for Restorative Justice International. She continues to provide professional development and supervision with Auckland RJ provider groups and specialises in the area of Health and Safety RJ conferences in WorkSafe New Zealand prosecutions.

Matua Rawiri Pene ( Nga Puhi, Tainui ) is the AODT Courts Pou Oranga the Courts tikanga cultural advisor and recovery role model – an innovation of the AODT Courts in Aotearoa New Zealand, Ra brings his extensive lived experience of recovery with his knowledge of Te Reo Maori me ona Tikanga ( Maori language and protocols ) to the role . He received a Significant Contributions award in 2017 from the Australasian Therapeutic Communities Association recognising his work in the addictions field as a clinical cultural facilitator practitioner and advisor for many years.

TJE Announcements

The Importance and Use of a Transformative Justice Approach in Professional Development for Black Teachers

October 29, 2019

The purpose of this paper is to outline how a transformative justice approach can be used to improve the professional development of Black teachers. Situating the current state of the Black teaching force in the United State as a manifestation of continued harm toward Black people who seek to use education for liberation, the author suggests that this harm be formally addressed through strategic work with Black teachers and the institutions they work in.

Harvard Education Press: Race and Education Book Series

June 05, 2019

The Race and Education series addresses urgent, contemporary issues at the intersection of race, society, and education. The books strive to advance a critical, forward-thinking body of research on race that contributes to policy, theory, practice, and action. The series aims to highlight effective practices designed to help solve intractable problems of race in education.

The series is edited by Dr. H. Richard Milner IV, who TJE was pleased to host as our Fall 2018 Distinguished Speaker. His talk, "Five Educational Imperatives for Justice" was groundbreaking and inspiring.

Maisha T. Winn and Torry Winn Receive Chancellor's Achievement Award for Diversity and Community

February 15, 2019

Dr. Maisha T. Winn, UC Davis Chancellor’s Leadership Professor and Faculty Director of the School of Education’s Transformative Justice in Education Center (TJE), and Dr. Lawrence (Torry) Winn, TJE Executive Director, have been honored with the Chancellor’s Achievement Award for Diversity and Community for 2018-2019 in the Special Recognition Category. This award recognizes the exemplary contributions they have made to enhancing campus inclusiveness and diversity through their leadership roles at TJE.

2018-19 Practitioner in Residence: Micia Mosely, Ph.D.

June 12, 2018

The Transformative Justice in Education Center is thrilled to announce its 2018-19 Practitioner in Residence, Dr. Micia Mosely.

Micia Mosely earned her Ph.D. in Education from UC Berkeley and is now the founding Executive Director of The Black Teacher Project, an organization committed to recruiting, developing and sustaining Black teachers for schools in the United States.